There is nothing like a deadline to get you seriously in gear. Don’t get us wrong, we had worked on the garden every single day. We had discussed it at every opportunity, planned, shopped, researched and yet somehow it all went into overdrive. There was still a lot to do, several little spaces that had gone un-loved in the grand terrace building. So we swiftly built;
- a dry stone retaining wall (pictured above)
- a floating deck/viewing platform
- a paved seating area
- a rubble filled gabion which cunningly doubled up as a seat
- a small seating area at the top of the garden
- a sink garden
- a stone sculpture
All of which were made with existing materials apart from the floating deck which we made with reclaimed scaffold boards. Smug? You bet. When we started this project we didn’t think we had anything to work with in the garden and neither did Monty. We were partly right but we didn’t have to look far for plenty of materials which we could reuse.
And so to plant. Lots had gone in already and we had been feeding everything like mad. Guess what? It works. The tiny specimens we had planted were now romping away thanks to the blue powdery stuff we were watering on in large doses. We had also imported a lot of very juicy compost courtesy of the council. Having bought many bags of organic compost from garden centres we had found that our local council sells their own compost for £1 a bag. All you need are the bags and a shovel. It made a considerable difference to the beds and they continue to be rich and most importantly, easy to dig.
We were fortunate in that by now, every plant shop in the area was trying to get rid of stock and we were trying to fill in the gaps. Lots and lots of bargain plants found their way into our garden. The seeds we had sown were doing well but we lost quite a lot due to either not having the space for them to grow enough at the right time or in the case of the sweet peas, just not had much love despite Monty forcing me to pinch them out. This year I have planted three times the amount in an attempt to prove I can nurture them into long blooming loveliness.
Oh yes and then we had to accommodate everyone for the reveal day, which was in effect two days. We had family arriving from afar, we had friends who had helped in the garden with Monty. We had a larger film crew than usual and they came the day before to film all the quiet bits. So a lot of cake was needed and biscuits and more cake and cups of tea and champagne. It was feeling like a wedding already.
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